Friday, January 15, 2016

Love is in the Air! - Seasonal Blog Hop

Hello and Happy New Year!  Welcome to another •MAKE•IT•Crafty• Blog Hop.  This time the creativity is inspired by National Papercrafting Month, Beloved Bouquet ~January's stamp of the month or my fave Valentine's Day. Bonus, new products too!  You'll see fun and simple things to make ... so enjoy!

If you've arrived from Julie's blog, you're on the right path! Remember, the blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way around. Get lost, not to worry as you'll find the complete list here.


The holidays are not over fast enough before those shelves are filled right up with all things Valentine's! What could be more perfect than to make something sweet for someone you care about? Or perhaps something special for yourself? No matter who you are creating for, this is the perfect way to get you started!



I created a layout this time around ... it's not often a single page but I was pressed for time. I was feeling hearts though ... and lots of them!  I am all for simple so I literally threw together pieces of cardstock along with pattern paper. No inking or stamping.  And, for the most part, I tend to use one of the My Reflections paper packs since it's all coordinated for you however, I had a few single sheets each of the new collections from the NEW Seasonal Expressions I in front of me and thought what the heck!

Anyways, here's another look ... 



I am loving the ombre sheet from the Regatta collection. It's pretty as a full sheet on its own yet here it's all the hearts! And the arrow pattern is from the Charlotte collection.  I am so LOVING this catalog!  Well now, it's time to stop on over at Diana's blog.  Thanks for stopping on by and hope you join me again for the next blog hop 'Spring is in the Air'!


SUPPLIES
Papers: Regatta (X720B), Charolotte (X7205B), Pomegranate, Glacier, White
Other: Cricut Art Philosophy, non-CTMH word dies



Friday, November 6, 2015

All things Holiday! ~ Seasonal Blog Hop

Hello again! It's time for another •MAKE•IT•Crafty• Blog Hop. If you've arrived from Pam's blog, you are on the right path! Remember, the blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way around. Get lost, not to worry as you'll find the complete list here.

Despite the weather being atypical, although I am highly enjoying this burst of warmness, have you noticed the festive season is upon us? It hit me when I heard the sounds of holiday music in a retail shop. To be honest, it's a bit too early for me ... our festiveness commences December 1st. However, I must admit I {love me} some of those fun limited-time flavoured drinks ... you know the ones in the red cups! What's your favorite? Speaking of red cups, there's apparently a new red cup, minimal this year, with an ombre effect. Have you seen it?  PRETTY, right!

And, just like that we are moving onto {all things holidays}! As the holidays approach, with all good intentions, I hope to be better organized.  With that said, it's been on my 'to-do' list to make gift tags. Loving {all things handmade}, I dislike the thought that gift tags are one of those things that usually get thrown away. And so, I kept these very minimal and of course effortless! Bonus, they are quick to mass produce. 

Without further adieu ...


The color inspiration came from the White Pines paper collection ~ champagne, chocolate, colonial white, cranberry, fern and glacier.  I {heart} the pop of blue! The tags were cut using the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge, specifically <Tag4> at 2 1/2" on White Daisy cardstock. Simply select Auto Fill and away you go! 

To stamp, I used Festive Trees (B1493) & Joyful Garland (B1489) and are Hostess Rewards exclusives! Did you know, our hostess-only stamp sets are one of the many ways we say 'thanks' to you for hosting a Gathering? These are just two of the three, available through December 2015, in the Holiday Expressions. Plus, there are others featured in the Annual Inspirations. Each stamp set can only be purchased with credits earned from your Gathering. And, each set comes at a great discount, which stretches your select product credit even further! 



Got scraps? Here's another great way to use them ... and don't forget that zip strip along the top of those 12x12 papers! And, finish them off with inexpensive twine.  Now all they need is the personal touch of TO: & FROM: and these gift tags are perfect to add to any gift giving!

Well, thanks again for hopping on over.  It's that time to move on and visit Diana's blog. Hope you come on back in the New Year where we will be sharing artwork for National Papercrafting month and/or Valentine's. 

SUPPLIES
Papers: White Pines (X7200B), White
Ink: Cranberry, Fern, Glacier & Chocolate
Stamp: Festive Trees (B1493) & Joyful Garland (B1489)
Other: Cricut Art Philosophy






Friday, October 2, 2015

Make It Crafty - Seasonal Blog Hop


Hello! Welcome back to another year of •MAKE•IT•Crafty• Blog Hop! This month we will be featuring Fall creations, such as Thanksgiving and/or Halloween.



If you've arrived from Pam's blog, you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way around. Get lost, not to worry as you'll find the complete list here.

Autumn has always been my FAVE ... it's really the best season! First of all, who doesn't love fall festivities? Aside from getting back to routine, the season for me begins with apple picking, then Thanksgiving and of course Halloween. These are great times to spend with family & friends and enjoy delicious eats & drinks paired with making memories. Second, it's such a beautiful time with the colors changing.  It's like seeing a wide spectrum of color with the reds, bright oranges, yellows, greens and purples. It's worth a walk in the woods while enjoying the cool crisp air.  Finally, if you {heart} football ... well then it may be your number one reason to love this time of year! So whatever your WHY is for loving fall, I hope you enjoy this month's blog hop as we share creations to inspire you for the season!

For my project, I thought I would create a Halloween layout. It seems it's one of the few moments that I typically don't scrapbook. I think I just find rather difficult ... so I thought I would challenge myself using the Nevermore collection. It's such a pretty color palette that includes black, eggplant, pear, slate, sunset and whisper.  I find it rather unique! I kept the layout simple, which makes it easy to re-create.


I really like the gray as a neutral paired with a pop of color from the eggplant, which is one of the new colors in the Enchantment collection ... in case you didn't know. Oh, the stripes are simply cut from one of the patterned papers.  And, love how the burst of orange just adds that hint of traditional Halloween color.



I have a LOVE for pennants, if you remember! To add some interest, I cut out pennants and then covered them with the Sunset Chevron washi tape, which is still available here.  I didn't have the Nevermore Complements so I opted to use the stamp set Magic Potions, which coordinates with the Cricut Artiste cartridge. While I was prepping the word labels, I also cut a spider web on black cardstock to layer and add dimension on the left page. Naturally, to finish each embellishment cluster, I added a few of the Nevermore Assortment. Oh so cute! And, couldn't forget the journaling box on the right! It all came together quite nicely, don't you think? 

Well, thanks again for following along today! I hope you've enjoyed all the fabulous artwork. Now it's time to head on over to Emma's blog and take a peek.  Be sure to visit each Consultant at their blogs to get some great crafting ideas! And, remember to come on back early November and look for our next Blog Hop where we will feature Holiday/Christmas projects. See you soon! 

SUPPLIES
Papers: Nevermore (X7198B), White & Black
Ink: Thistle, Slate & Black
Stamp: Magic Potions (C1509) 
Other: Nevermore Assortment (Z3083), Sunset Chevron washi tape (Z2005), 3-D Foam Tape (Z1151), Cricut Artiste (Z3170)

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Easter & Spring Creations - Seasonal Blog Hop

Hello everyone! Welcome to another •MAKE•IT•Crafty• Seasonal Blog Hop! This month it's all about Easter & Spring projects. All of the artwork is using Close to my Heart products from the Annual Inspirations catalog along with the Seasonal Expressions I. However, note that Seasonal Expressions product is only available to the end of March ... so be sure to grab your faves! Anyways, hope you are inspired to create ....


If you just hopped onto my blog, you can start here and work your way around as this hop is circular. If you arrived from Wendy's blog {Doddsy Designs}, then you are on the right path. And, don't worry if you get lost, you'll find the complete list of participating Close to my Heart consultants HERE.

Ok, this time around was a challenge in finding my mojo ... I just could not get the creative juices flowing to inspire me.  Perhaps, I just wasn't feeling 'spring-like' as the bitter cold is still lingering around  ... yucky weather ... where's the sunshine? ANYWHO ... here's the end result!


Now since Easter is just a few weeks away, I thought this would be perfect! It's not that often I have a layout ready to go ... but my boys love {coloring easter eggs}!  Here, I used Hopscotch paper packet from the Seasonal Expressions catalog and cut various sizes of pennants and layered them.  And for the banner, I cut a few pieces of the pattern paper, folded each one over and adhered it to the hemp cord. I am loving single page layouts these days ... how about you? 



To embellish, I tried to use up items from my stash this time ... like buttons and alphabet letters. For the heart, I grabbed it from the Chalk it up Assortment. It's great to mix and match collections. And I have to admit, I'm pretty happy on how it all came together despite my procrastination!  

Well, thanks so much for following along today! Now pop on over to Diana's blog {Farmer Di Stamps} And, be sure to come on back for the next Blog Hop featuring Travel, Cottage & Summer Creations.  Ah, YES the thought of warmer weather!


SUPPLIES
Papers: Hopscotch (X7194B), Outdoor Denim & Colonial White
Ink: Smoothie, Sunset, Flaxen, Glacier & Outdoor Denim 
Other: Chalk it up Assortment (Z3009), Hemp Cord, Buttons, DE Monograms (retired)

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

It's All About Cards & Valentine Creations - Seasonal Blog Hop

Welcome back to another •MAKE•IT•Crafty• Seasonal Blog Hop! This month it's all about Cards and Valentine projects.  All of the artwork is using Close to my Heart products from the Annual Inspirations catalog along with the NEW Seasonal Expressions I.  Hope you are inspired to create ....


If you just hopped onto my blog, you can start here and work your way around as this hop is circular. If you arrived from Emma's blog {Paper Addicts Anonymous}, then you are on the right path. And, don't worry if you get lost, you'll find the complete list of participating Close to my Heart consultants HERE.

Now, my kids LOVE getting little notes from me at school ... so I thought I would whip up some fun, fast and of course cute lunch box notes!  


These tags were easily created with the Love Ya Silly (B1470) stamp set along with Cranberry, Hollyhock, Lagoon, Whisper and White Daisy cardstock.   It's a great way to use up scrap paper ...



... plus you could give them as Valentine cards simply by adding the tag to a notecard!  And, how about those googly eyes? Aren't they the perfect touch!

Now pop on over to Natalie's blog {Scrappy Sassy Studios}. Thanks so much for following along today! Be sure to come on back for the next Blog Hop featuring Easter & Spring Creations.

SUPPLIES
Papers: Cranberry, Hollyhock, Lagoon, Whisper & White Daisy cardstock (CTMH)
Stamps: Love Ya Silly (B1470)
Ink: Cranberry, Hollyhock, Crystal Blue, Lagoon, Whisper & Slate 
Other: Lunch Box Notes Dies (Simon Says Stamp) & 3-D Foam Tape (CTMH)


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Christmas & Winter Creations - Seasonal Blog Hop

It's the most wonderful time of year!!!!! Hello and welcome to another •MAKE•IT•Crafty• Seasonal Blog Hop! You can check out the last one here, if you like.


If you just hopped onto my blog, you can start here and work your way around as this hop is circular. If you arrived from Diana's blog {Farmer Di Stamps}, then you are on the right path. And, don't worry if you get lost, you'll find the complete list of participating Close to my Heart consultants HERE.

This month we are showcasing Christmas/Winter projects.  All of the artwork is using Close to my Heart products from the Annual Inspirations catalog.  Hope you are inspired to create something FESTIVE!!!

Are you a Pinterest junkie? I can easily spend an endless amount of time {pinning} to 'CASE' various artwork creations. For this project, I wanted to recreate Brenda's (aka Skrapaddict's) layout ~ Christmas morning.


I just {heart} the non-traditional colours featured in the Snowhaven paper packet.  The palette is Black, Cranberry, Glacier, Whisper and White Daisy.


The layout came together rather quickly.  It uses one sheet of the B&T Duos, the first shown above, and a few pieces of cardstock. If you hadn't noticed, the pennant strips are also from that same sheet. To save a little paper, I decided to cut out a slightly smaller sized piece of the pattern paper where the Glacier cardstock was going to be placed and then use it for the pennants.  And to sturdy up the layout, I mounted the now cut B&T Duo onto Black cardstock.


Not sure how to use that extra strip along the edge of the B&T Duos? Here, I used it to highlight the title of the layout.  As I stamped the word 'morning', I didn't want the strip to cover it up so I cut around the 'g' to lift the cardstock and slide the strip underneath. 


Well, it's time to now hop on over to Dominique's blog {FUN2CRE8}. Thanks so much for following along today! Be sure to come on back for the next Blog Hop featuring CARDS and Valentine Creations.

Wintery Wishes!

SUPPLIES
Papers: Snowhaven B&T (CTMH), Black, Glacier, Whisper, & White Daisy cardstock (CTMH)
Stamps: Handwritten Print (E1030)
Ink: Glacier
Other: Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors (Z1836), Cricut Art Philosophy (Z1686), Cricut Expression/Cricut Craft Room, & EK Success mini heart punch 

Friday, September 19, 2014

Halloween & Fall Creations - Seasonal Blog Hop

Ghostly Greetings! Ok, I'm back after a way too long hiatus, again!! So, welcome to the •MAKE•IT•Crafty• Seasonal Blog Hop! If you just hopped onto my blog, you can start here and work your way around as this hop is circular. If you arrived from Natalie's blog {Scrappy Sassy Studios}, then you are on the right path. And, don't worry if you get lost, you'll find the complete list of participating Close to my Heart consultants HERE.  


This month we are showcasing Halloween/Fall projects.  All of the artwork is using Close to my Heart products from the Annual Inspirations catalog.  Hope you are inspired to create something SPOOKTACULAR!

Anyways, it seems the last days of summer are finally here.  The temperature has dipped noticeably, the wind is stronger, and the most visual indication of the changing of seasons, the light is fading.  As summer gradually gives over to autumn, it's not going down without a fight. But despite the changes, fall is by far my favourite time of year! I just LOVE the freshness in the air, the red, yellow, orange and brown and all the hues in-between, the smell of all things pumpkin, and of course the oversized sweaters ... don't you?

OK, enough about my love of the season ... onto the craftiness, right! For this Hop, I created two cards. First up, a 'just a note to say thanks!' card.


It's really quite simple. I used the Close to my Heart Art Philosophy cartridge along with the Cricut Craft Room to weld the tree & cut it on white cardstock. From there, I embossed a piece of kraft cardstock using the woodgrain embossing folder, which was placed behind the tree. I punched several leaves from the Pathfinding paper packet. I then laid out all the leaves for visual placement, that's key! Once the leaves were all adhered down, I stamped the sentiment. Now, it's time to place it onto the card base. The new thin 3-D foam tape was perfect for this. And, voila! Ok, I admit ... I just love how it all came together.

And, here's the second one, a 'happy halloween' card.


I typically don't create cards for Halloween, do you?  But lately, I have been inspired by all the crafty goodness from various new releases, blogs, and Pinterest, ofcourse! Without a doubt, Scaredy Cat is the perfect paper packet!  I tend to create from the top layers down, if that makes sense? The pumpkins were die cut from pattern paper followed by measuring & cutting all the other layers. I also distressed all the edges of the black cardstock, which may be hard to see in the photo. Again, I lay it all together before adhering it. I am such a visual thinker! Then, it's onto assembly. I popped up the pumpkins with 3-D foam tape on the pattern paper, to start. But wait, before I adhered this layer, I felt something was missing. It just needed a bit of contrast between the two pattern papers. Can you see the chevron pattern peeking through? Well, it's actually the new Sunset Chevron Washi Tape adhered to a piece of kraft cardstock. Brilliant! Ok, now it's safe to finish assembling the layers.  Then, add a few buttons, hemp cord, a sentiment and of course cute twine bows on each of the pumpkins. Phew, it's complete!

Well, now it's time to hop on over to Dominique's blog {FUN2CRE8}. Thanks so much for following along today! Be sure to come on back for the next Blog Hop featuring 'FA LA LA LA' Christmas/Winter projects.

Happy Haunting!

SUPPLIES
Card #1:
Papers: Pathfinding B&T (CTMH), White Daisy & Kraft cardstock (CTMH)
Stamps: A Friend Like You (B1410, retired)
Ink: Chocolate
Other: Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors (Z1836), Thin 3-D foam tape (Z2060), Woodgrain Embossing Folder (Z1996), Cricut Art Philosophy (Z1686), Cricut Expression/Cricut Craft Room, & Martha Stewart Crafts punch, Rose Leaf. 

Card #2:
Papers: Scaredy Cat B&T (CTMH), Colonial White, Black & Kraft cardstock (CTMH)
Stamps: Frightfully Fun (B1453)
Ink: Chocolate
Other: Sunset Chevron Washi Tape (Z2005), Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors (Z1836), Thin 3-D Foam Tape (Z2060), 3-D Foam Tape (Z1151), Designer Buttons, Wooden (retired), natural twine (The Twinery), Hemp Cord, Zots clear adhesive dots & MFT Dienamics, Primitive Pumpkins.